hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
A skinwalker, a witch who takes the shape of a wolf - and kills, appears to be responsible for five deaths at a Native American archaeological dig.
Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.
Of all the resources Ryan Cawdor and his group struggle to recoup, hope for escaping the grim daily life-and-death struggle has suffered most. But now reports of a ville holding the mythical waters of rejuvenation, a fountain of youth, appear to be true, luring Doc and the others on a journey inspired by promise, tainted by mistrust. Hiring on as sec men with a convoy headed to the healing waters of Babyville, the survivors discover the deadly price of immortality.
After their addict mother is drowned, two teenagers -- a girl and her half-breed younger brother, join the crew of a huge river barge. As the great boat proceeds up the long river, a pattern emerges in the pirate attacks that happen so frequently in the river cities. A boy, Krelan, trained as a professional assassin, has come aboard, seeking the head of a dead nobleman, so there might be a proper burial. And then there is the massive Captain of the Barge, who can perform supernatural tricks.
As the robots of Artmeis City attempt to kill or convert every robot on the continent of Shull to their mechanistic philosophy, the individualistic robots of Turing City believe they are something more than metal.
A mile high energy wave wipes out 99 percent of the American populace. A handful of survivors attempt to cope with the aftermath.
Former assassin Rachel Hael has rejoined blood-magician Mina Greene and her little dog, Basilis, on one last desperate mission to save the world from the ravages of Hell. As Rachel travels to the final confrontation she has both sought and feared, she begins to realize that time itself is unraveling. And so she must prepare herself for a sacrifice that may claim her heart, her life, her soul - and even then it may not be enough.
Despite good intentions, the Om-ray of Cersi can't resist moving through space using the M-hir dimension. To prevent the disruption of the Agreement and the destruction that it would unleash, the M-hiray, as they now call themselves, agree to leave Cersi forever to establish their own haven within the Trade Pact worlds, only to learn that not everybody wants peace.
Jerry Sharpe is an ex-marine and, for him, survival means protecting his family by any means necessary. Susan is learning just how far a mother will go for her children. But how far will she go for a man she doubted before the bombs fell? Melanie was going to go to college. Now, she is struggling to find a way to live in a world gone mad without losing sight of what she believes in. Scotty has a new mission - more than survival. He was saved, and he'll be damned if he won't fight for what's right. And Bill - Bill was locked up, but the power went out and the guards left. Now he and his fellow inmates have realized that everything is free for the taking.
At New York's JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane . . . and what he finds makes his blood run cold. A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire - lethal, merciless, hungry . . . "vampiric." And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here.
32 stories: John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, Damien Broderick, Karl Bunker, Paul Cornell, Albert E. Cowdrey, Ian Creasey, Steven Gould, Dominic Green, Nicola Griffith, Alexander Irvine, John Kessel, Ted Kosmatka, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Rand B. Lee, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Sarah Monette, Michael Poore, Robert Reed, Adam Roberts, Chris Roberson, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Lavie Tidhar, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, and John C. Wright.
The first two books in the Magickers series, THE MAGIKERS, and THE CURSE OF ARKADY. Long ago, a war was fought between two opposing groups of magic practitioners - the Magickers, who believed in using magic for the general good, and the Dark Hand, who felt that magic belonged to them and should only be used for their own benefit. Now the Magickers are looking for young recruits to their cause - for the final battle will soon begin.
Mira and Danaus - vampire and vampire slayer - must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the nightwalker he must protect - whose power is the Earth's last hope - is rapidly going insane.
The Immortal Jaxyn's plans hit a snag when he realizes that Stellan, the one man who can challenge him for the Glaeban throne, has sought asylum in neighbouring Caelum. The Empress of the Five Realms (a Tide Lord in hiding no more) and the Tide Lords, Tryan and Elyssa, seem to be on Stellan's side...
Flinx is the only one with any chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx Commonwealth (and everything else in the Milky Way). His efforts take him to the land of his mortal enemies, the bloodthirsty AAnn, where chances are excellent that Flinx may be executed. And he must also seek out an ancient sentient weapons platform wandering around the galaxy and then communicate with it, a powwow that could very well fry his brain. Then there are the oblivion-craving assassins determined to stop Flinx before he can prevent total annihilation.
Months have passed since Dustfinger sacrificed his life for his apprentice Farid's, and Meggie read the oily Orpheus into the Inkworld with the faint hope he could bring back the fire-eater. Now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy tale land is in bloody choas, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. Only one chance remains to change the cursed story.
Jamie Fraser already knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and that he'd rather die than face his illegitimate son, a young lieutenant in the British Army, across the barrel of a gun.
While Nick Lupo tries to find the identity of the female werewolf who is leaving a string of mangled victims, a hired mercenary - also a werewolf - is hired to destroy Nick.
Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they imagined. Now Myst, the Vampiric Fae Queen of the Indigo Court, has enough power to begin a long prophesied supernatural war. And Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, may be the only one who can stop her, and save her beloved Fae prince from the Queen's enslavement.
When a new Vampire Underground is found in England, Hollywood stuntwoman-turned-vampire hunter Dawn Madison and her crack team are dispatched to carry the fight from the flash and dash of Los Anglees to the seemingly staid and stolid streets of London. Dawn knows by now how deceiving appearances can be - and she's about to find out that it's not only the beautiful people of Hollywood who are willing to bargain with evil.
Will Hawthorne is a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission. Will travels with them to a distant land where they are charged with the investigation and defeat of a ruthless army of mystical horsemen, who appear out of the mist leaving death and devastation in their wake.
Once humans had magic and an alliance with dragons. Now they and the other races have been enslaved by the Rhonas Empire-the elves-and can't even remember the world the way it used to be. But thanks to the intervention of one determined dwarf and the human slave warrior known as Drakis, all of that is about to change.
Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the woman Roudette has been hired to kill, the only human ever to have fought the Lady of the Red Hood and survived, the princess known as Sleeping Beauty.
Infamous necromancer, Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little known corner of the world. This time he is on the run from the local government.
As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess Putnam must expose those looking to profit from the world's unpleasant little poltergeist problem - humans filing false claims of hauntings - all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. Now someone's taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure that the rumours that it is the work of a ghost are way off base.
Wynter Moorehawke travels alone and unprotected in bandit-infested forests, searching for the rebel Prince Alberon. But many enemies are lurking in the shadows. It seems that every tyrant and zealot who has ever threatened the Kingdom is sending emissaries to meet Alberon. Wynter becomes increasingly nervous of the prince's intentions. She is overjoyed when Razi and Christopher re-appear, but where old friends go, old enemies soon follow and Wynter finds herself confronted with the infamous Wolves - the Loups-Garous. It is to Christopher's adopted people, the Merron, that Wynter and Razi must now turn for sanctuary. But the Merron have sided with their mortal enemy, Marguerite Shirken. What is behind these strange alliances and is Alberon at the center of it all?
Jet and Iridium are at the opposite ends of the spectrum--superpowers of shadow and light. Former best friends, now they are archenemies, coming together to defeat Night was not enough to change their past. For everything Jet believed to be true--Corp-Co, her mentor, has shattered into chaos. New Chicago is burning, a new villain who calls himself Doctor Hypnotic is on the rise, and Jet and Iridium will once again have to decide if they can set aside their differences in order to defeat Dr. Hypnotic.
Major David Valentine and his fugitive battalion are the remnants of an expeditionary force shattered in its long retreat from disaster in the Appalachians. And Valentine is losing allies fast. Some of the clans in the region have declared themselves in favour of the vampiric Kurians, throwing Kentucky into civil war. But instead of retaking the region, the Kurian overlords have ordered the extermination of every human living there.
After Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, she agrees to become the guinea pig in one of her stepmother's risky incantations -- thus falling into a deep, deep sleep. When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, she must choose between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider.
After the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is swept away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy - not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic. All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit's hasn't manifested yet, the administrators insist she has one. Spirit isn't sure she cares. Devastated by her loss, she finds comfort with a group of friends: Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake. But something strange is going on at Oakhurst. Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. Spirit and her friends must find out what's happening - before one of them becomes the next victim.
The sorceror Prospero's daughter, Miranda has attained everlasting youth through the water of life, the gift she shares with her father and her siblings. When her father goes missing, after sending her a single cryptic message, she reunites with her estranged siblings. They must ward off the Shadowed Ones and other ancient demons who wish to harness the family's powers.
Three new tales about Harry Keogh, the first Necroscope, and his supernatural adventures.
As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to do: solve supernatural crimes. but Riss's investigation into a dead sister Fury leads to her being inexplicable suspended from her job. And to uncover the truth behind this cover-up, she'll have to turn to her shape-shifting Warhound ex for help.
A beautiful soprano is a centuries old vampire who once shared the tooth with Mozart himself. With Mozart's genius coursing her veins -- and a special elixir gathered by her ancient friend Ugo -- she reinvents herself with each new generation. But just as she prepares to take the stage at La Scala, Ugo inexplicably disappears.
The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union. With a population pushing 100 million, Istanbul is swollen to 15 million and is the most diverse nation in the EU, but it is the poorest and most socially divided. The dervish house is the setting for intrigue, conflit, drama, and the ticking clock of a thriller.
Rhenn has come into his own. He has a wife and young child, and a solid career as an imager. He has made more than one enemy during his journey from apprentice painter to master imager and even his great powers will not allow him to escape his past.
An ice age strikes a chain of islands, and thousands come to seek sanctuary at the gates of Villjamur: a city of ancient spires and bridges, a place where cultists use forgotten technology for their own gain, and where, farther out, the dead have been seen walking across the tundra. Meanwhile, a senior investigator in the city inquisition must solve the high-profile and savage murder of a city politician while battling evils within his own life, and a handsome womanizer manipulates his way into the imperial residence with a hidden agenda. It seems that, in this land under a red sun, the long winter is bringing more than just snow.
Convicted of treason and transported to distant Australia, Temeraire and Laurence take on a mission to find a way through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But when one of the three dragon eggs he brought along is stolen from Temeraire, the surveying expedition becomes a desperate race to recover it in time - a race that leads to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new obstacle in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.
Disease and war have ravaged the earth. The city of Miami has become a virtual prison, home to the worst life has to offer. Police officer Tom Wilner, after a chance encounter in a rundown roadhouse erupts in violence, is led onto the path of two warring ancient races - beings that have been manipulating power and control on Earth for centuries, and are about to enter into a battle for ultimate supremacy.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course. Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise.
When Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival, her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. Now she must use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer - even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends.
The struggle for independence on two colony worlds - Mars in the not-so-distant future, and a distant world circling another star in the far future, both threatened by powerful forces and faceless bureaucrats. BIRTH OF FIRE and KING DAVID'S SPACESHIP in one volume.
Reserve Major Ariane Kedros needs a shot at redemption, and the mysterious aliens known as the Minoans need an extraordinary human pilot with a rejuv-stimulated metabolism like Ariane for a dangerous expedition to a distant solar system. But there's a catch. The Minoans have to implant their technology in Ariane's body, and it might not be removable. Ariane is willing, but as she begins the perilous journey, there is an old enemy hiding within the exploration team who is determined to see them fail.
In 1946 Stalin gathers the top SF authors in the country. Since he believes the defeat of the US is imminent, he needs a new, external threat. The writers write the threat - and then the project is dropped. Forgotten. Until it starts to come true. Recommended.
When two suspect psychics offer Ambrose Altamont and his wife the opportunity to contact their recently deceased daughter, the wealthy British aristocrat wastes no time in hiring Sherlock Holmes to expose their hoax. He arranges for the celebrated detective and Dr. Watson to attend the family's next seance, confident in Holmes' rationalist outlook on the situation.
The vast new road network of Honce had brought great optimism to the people of the land -- until its promise became a nightmare as two powerful lairds fought for supremacy over the hoped-for united kingdom. Bransen Garibond, the Highwayman, had believed that whichever side won, the outcome for the people of Honce would be the same. A journey north, however, taught Bransen that his views were simplistic at best, and that some things - like honour and friendship - might truly matter. Bransen's path is fraught with confusion and fraud, and a purposeful blurring of morality by those who would seek to use the Highwayman's extraordinary battle skills and popularity among the commonfolk for their own ends.
While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to port in Matala (Crete) where they find a devastated town. The governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help against the slave rebellion that is threatening to overthrow the Roman administration.
A killing in New York sends Gabriel Hunt on a mission to the wharves and alleyways of Shanghai, where he finds himself on the trail of a mad Russian who believes he is the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese warlord.
It is the distant future. The world called Virga is a fullerene balloon 3,000 kilometres in diameter, filled with air, water, and floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this balloon must build their own fusion suns. The towns built of rope and wood wheels that spin for centripetal gravity.
1969: Christopher Nix is 14 years old and discovering sex, drugs and rock'n roll in the heart of Florida - a young long-haired hippie among rednecks who would just as soon kill him. But then the Nix family is contacted by a mysterious benefactor who wants to send Chris to an exclusive private school, no expense spared. Mr. Jay Dumont claims that Chris's grandfather saved his life during WWI, and though Grandpa Uvdall is dead, the debt remains to be paid. But as Chris will discover, there is a great deal more to it than that. He will have to accept and understand the Powers that have surrounded his family all his life, and learn to use his own magical gifts, if he is to survive Dumont's plan.
Avery Cates is a wanted man. After surviving the worst bioengineered disaster in history, Cates finds himself incarcerated - in Chengara Penitentiary. As Chengara has a survival rate of exactly zero, the system's most famous gunner must do some serious plotting. And a betrayal or so later, he achieves his goal. At a price. All he has to do now is defeat some new personal demons, forge some unlikely alliances, and figure out why the people he's killed lately just won't stay dead.
Jesse James Dawson was an ordinary guy until the day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon. Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: put up his own soul as collateral, and fight the demon to the death. Jesse lived to free his brother, and became part of a loose organization of Champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons. But now experienced Champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. And if Jesse can't figure out the new rules, his next battle may be his last.
A selection of his speculative fiction brought together in a collection which also includes an original novella, "Palimpset".
Bob Howard is taking a much needed break from the field to catch up on his filing in The Laundry's archives when a top secret dossier known as The Fuller Memorandum vanishes-along with his boss, who the agency's executives believe stole the file. Determined to discover exactly what the memorandum contained, Bob runs afoul of Russian agents, ancient demons, and the apostles of a hideous faith, who have plans to raise a very unpleasant undead entity known as the Eater of Souls. Recommended.
Maria, a young woman in Poland, has grown up believing herself human. When a group of Teutonic knights enter her village, one of the wounded knights is given to her care. As their feelings for one another grow stronger, her secret of being wolfbreed is exposed. It is up to Maria and the knight to decide where their loyalties lie.
The first novel in the new alternate-history trilogy. Set in the period of World War II. What would the war in Europe - indeed the world - have be like had Chamberlain resisted Hitler early in the Sudetenland?
Building upon the events of HITLER'S WAR, this new novel explores the lives of simple soldiers and civilians, as well as great historic leaders, to explore what might have happened had Chamberlain chosen not to appease Hitler. How would lives have changed? How would history and the world be changed?
Maya, the Harlequin pledged to protect Gabriel with her life, will face a situation from which there is no escape. The Brethren's Nathan Boone will face Michael, a man gone over the edge for power. And Hollis, living in grief and becoming a Harlequin himself, must decide whether to stay with Gabriel as he embarks on a journey that may lead to his own death.
ONE JUMP AHEAD and SLANTED JACK in one volume.
A collection of 14 stories from the beginning of his career.
A collection of his stories, including 2 previously unpublished.
Evie Walker finds a hidden room in her dying father's house, a place where treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. but just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done. Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them.
Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, agrees to help with three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan. They are killer werewolves - and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued when her radio show features a nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness.
Honor Harrington has a plan that may finally bring an end to the Havenite Wars and give even the Solarian League pause. But there are forces in play, hidden enemies in motion, all converging on the Star Kingdom of Manticore to crush the very life out of it. But Manticore's enemies may not have thought of everything after all. Because if everything Honor Harrington loves is going down to destruction, it won't be going alone.
After Philip IV destroys the Order in France, William St. Clair takes the legendary Templar treasure and the surviving Templars to the island of Arran. After taking his men into battle one last time as Temple Knights, he leads them away in search of a fabled land beyond the Western Ocean.
Corporations on Freehold are eager to make the newly discovered aliens a new market for high-tech toys. Earth's UN, however, is eager to elbow Freehold aside in dealings with the new race. This could mean war. And then another ship arrives, full of idealistic do-gooders determined to keep the Ithkuil in their unspoiled state of nature.
In a city that could well be New York, a series of identical women are found dead in suspicious circumstances. Magazine photographer Johnny Farthing, who is reporting on the suspected murders, is chilled to discover that his fiancee looks identical to the the victims too -- and then she disappears. Recently discovered.
Monza wants revenge, and she's going to do everything she can to get it. Her brother is dead, and she plans to kill each of the seven men who murdered him. But to do that she needs help. Shivers, the Northman, Cosca, the mercenary, Frienly, the former inmate of a vicious prison - all hard men to do hard, bloody deeds. And where revenge is concerned, the harder and the bloodier the better. A stand-alone novel from the author of THE BLADE ITSELF.
The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she is a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. She investigates the deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town and is soon over her head, pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-infected cult and garden variety goons. She has to fight to ensure that this is not her first and last case.
The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the Pack's chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc "mutts" can wreak. When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside Anchorage, Elena and Clay journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous werewolves. Trapped in this savage, untamed winter realm, she and Clay learn more about their own werewolf heritage than they bargained for, tapping a little more into the wold nature of the beast within.
Despite the author's protestations to the contrary, and despite the strange, almost mystical absence from the narrative of a talking squid, this is a science fiction novel. Consider this: Adam One's predictions are fulfilled: a natural disaster wipes out most human life. Two women have been spared: Ren, a young trapeze-dancer, locked inside a high-end sex club, and Toby -- a devotee of Adam One who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Have others survived? And though our beloved squid answereth not, surely it will be still listening -- how could it not?
In Louisiana, a salvaged piece of sentient spaceship signals the beginning of the long-awaited second salvo. In the wilds of Saskatchewan, an Annunaki prince, genetically engineered as a machine of destruction, returns after 4500 years in solitary confinement to seek vengeance against the father who betrayed him.
Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion - until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she'll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy. When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he's hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he's planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away - unless he can convince her that he's not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.
The world of Harmony, along with its close-knit colony planets, has been isolated from the rest of the universe for many generations. Now, Harmony’s High Priestess Sissy and Confederated Star System Agent Jake have traveled to space station Labyrinthe VII, otherwise known as The First Contact Cafe, where they hope to establish diplomatic relations between the Harmonic Empire and the wider universe. But when an alien ship crashes into the Harmony Diplomatic Wing of Labyrinthe VII, the precarious balance Sissy and Jake have established begins to dissolve.
Sequel to WITHOUT WARNING. President James Kipper leads the battle to rebuild America in the face of predation by pirates and freebooters, as well as a challenge to his leadership from a rogue governor who has proclaimed himself a sovereign power in Texas.
Earth is heading for nuclear war and Stoner, the star voyager infected with alien nanotechnology, wants to save the planet. But first he must save himself from the zealots who want to destroy him and the message he brings from the stars.
Senior pupils at St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion, and even prayer--not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons, and as much partying as they can get away with. Commanders of a top-secret military experiment fear that they have unleashed the forces of Hell. Two very different worlds are on a collison course and will clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural.
Sent by Ben and his beloved sylph bride, Willow, to an exclusive girls' prep school, headstrong (and half-magical) Mistaya Holiday's rebellious antics get her indefinitely suspended. Back home in Landover, Mistaya's frustrated father declares her grounded until she successfully refurbishes the long-forsaken royal library. Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home. So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes.
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing magic from those who need it. It is just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos.
Piper Hecht learns that the legendary sorceror Cloven Februaren, referred to as the Ninth Unknown, is still alive, more than 100 years old, and on Piper's side. As the dynastic politics of the Empire become even more convoluted, it's clear that while the old gods may be fading, they're determined to do everything they can to bend the doings of men to their own advantage.
King Alfred is in failing health and the Danes smell opportunity. But Uhtred leads Harald Bloodhair and his Viking horde into a trap.
Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales--but the villains themselves beg to differ. Here you'll hear from the Giant's wife ('Jack and the Beanstalk'), Rumpelstiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and many more. A stellar lineup of authors, including Garth Nix, Jane Yolen, and Nancy Farmer, makes sure that these old stories do new tricks!
Jennifer Scales is a were-dragon with a fiery temper-but a warm heart. Jennifer's ex-boyfriend, werarachnid Skip Wilson, is out of control. His powers have grown as strong as his hunger for revenge, leaving her little choice but to confront him-hopefully without giving in to her own dark side.
Laura Blackstone is a druid who can change her appearance. She is both the Fey Guild's public relations director and a secret agent for the International Security Agency. And now she'll have to choose where her loyalties lie when a political war breaks out between the fey and human populations.
As a great nation's destiny is being written in blood on the battlefields of Pea Ridge and Shiloh, a grim tomorrow is foreseen by a deeply troubled first lady and interpreted by her best friend, Mercy, herself an accomplished seer. But hope appears out of the mist with the arrival of Thomas, a mysterious stranger with an astonishing mastery over time and space.
A Cinnabar Senator furious at losing an election - and still powerful enough to make her anger deadly.- The boy ruler of a star cluster who thinks he's a god - and who can sign the death warrants of even Cinnabar officials if a mad whimsy tells him to.- A world of slaves and escaped slaves, where the most savage beasts in the jungle used to be human.- An enemy base that could shrug off attack by powerful battlefleets - but which must fall to a single cruiser if Cinnabar is to survive. From palace to reeking jungle, from gunfights in grimy hangars to the flagship's bridge during a sprawling space battle, Leary and Mundy are in the thick of it again.
The nightwalker Mira is summoned by the coven to take her rightful place as Elder and commit herself to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers - and she falls into a well-laid trap.
In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world, massive multiplayer online games have become the ultimate form of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. But there's a secret to Omnitopia, one that Dev would give his life to protect-the game isn't just a program or a piece of code. It's become sentient-alive. And it's Dev's job to keep it that way.
9 all-new stories of supernatural knights from Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Shannon K. Butcher, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, Deidre Knight, Vicki Pettersson, Lilith Saintcrow and Carrie Vaughn.
In contemporary Cambridge, Abi, recently ordained to the Church of England and appointed to a notoriously difficult parish, begins to see visions. Soon, a story begins to play out before her of a family of Roman traders and of a soldier working for Herod, ancient king of Galilee. The soldier's mission is to find and kill an apparently innocuous travelling scholar -along with any witnesses. But the danger isn't restricted to the past. As she begins to suspect the true identity of the scholar, Abi must face not only her fundamentalist superiors but the sense that she is being shown these visions for a reason...
4th anthology of reasons why the 17th century can never be the same after a 20th century West Virginia town is hurled into it.
Chicago PI Kira Graceling suddenly finds herself in the world of her nightmares. At the center of it is the Master Vampire Mencheres. He knows that keeping Kira in his world means risking her life, -- yet sending her away is unthinkable.
Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes rapidly clear that humanity's limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy, filtered through the Shoal, is direly inaccurate. The Shoal have been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, for 15,000 years. Dakota realizes that the Shoal may be the Galaxy's one chance at sustained peace.
When an annoyingly eager young man by the name of Eliott, his Elvish guardian, and a bard-for-hire magically drop into the life of former hero Jordan the Red, the aged warrior wants nothing to do with them. He's had enough of battling the world. But Eliott wants an adventure with the legendary, sword-swinging soldier of fortune-and this hero is about to be forced out of retirement. [BC author].
The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. The navies of the world start a frenzied search, but even these ships disappear without a trace. Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in U.S. history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group finds themselves in the grasp of an insane genius straight out of the pages of Jules Verne.
A dimensional rift has opened between worlds. Which means more demons - and more death - than you could shake a proverbial stick at. Luckily, Gabriel has just the stick for the job, an ancient trident that gives him awesome demon-bashing powers. To watch his back he has the butt kicking half demon De Mona and several unlikely heroes who he's picked up along the way. To make matters more complicated two of Gabriel's college buddies wind up dead and he finds that the demons aren't the only ones who want a piece of his hide. The cops want him too - for murder.
Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie -- also known as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye -- has turned her back the crown in order to protect her unborn children, choosing exile in the human world with her beloved Frost and Darkness. Yet someone is killing the fey -- baffling the LAPD baffled and deeply disturbing Merry and her guardsmen.
Here is a collection -- with an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales -- of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Includes Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost-plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott and more.
Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohaim is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan remains imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading the opposition against the House of Atreides.
Steven de Selby has a hangover. Bright lights, loud noise, and lots of exercise are the last thing he wants. But that's exactly what he gets when someone starts shooting at him. Steven is no stranger to death-Mr. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family. Mr. D's gone missing and with no one in charge, the dead start to rise, the living are hunted, and the whole city teeters on the brink of a regional apocalypse-unless Steven can shake his hangover, not fall for the dead girl, and find out what happened to his boss- that is, Death himself.
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fitted in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey - ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess Putnam's bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case. She is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city's most notorious crime boss - and Chess's drug dealer - gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn't bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he's not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.
As night falls, five demonic, shadowy figures descend on Brinkley Springs to feed as they have for centuries, in a feast of carnage and murder. Before the night is through the town will be decimated, and terror - and blood - will run in the streets.
Finally in control of the Ascendancy, Titus Quinn has styled himself Regent of the Entire. But his command is fragile. He rules an empire with a technology beyond human understanding; spies lurk in the ancient Magisterium; the Tarig overlords are hamstrung but still malevolent. Worse, his daughter Sen Ni opposes him for control, believing the Earth and its Rose universe must die to sustain the failing Entire.
Raven and his Wolfpack of Norsemen have been double crossed. The traitor Ealdred seeks to sell a holy book to the Emperor Charlemagne which will ensure riches. Greed drives him forward, but a band of fearsome warriors is in pursuit across the sea to Charlemagne's Frankish empire--with bloody revenge on their minds.
Harrier Gillain, Tiercel Rolfort, and Shaiara are their world's main defense against the evil called up by the rogue Wild Mage, Bisochim. Bisochim's conviction that he was restoring the balance was shattered the moment Ahairan took her first Breath. Now Bisochim joins forces with Harrier and Tiercel and the three mages search desperately for a way to destroy Ahairan as she sends her magical forces against the desert nomads under their protection.
More than 500 years after the events of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Prospero's daughter Miranda, runs Prospero Inc. Prospero has been taken prisoner by the dark spirits of Hell. They will extract a terrible price in exchange for his freedom. Miranda realizes that hundreds of years of their family magic may not be enough to free her father from the curse that could destroy the family and the world.
The last Stormlord is dead. War has come to the cities of the Quartern. The violent, nomadic Redunners have put every rainlord they could find to the sword and the cities are left without hope. Shale has been betrayed, drugged, and left at the feet of his greatest enemy. Now, he must decide to work with those who have plotted against him or let thousands of the waterless die. He has great power but is no Stormlord. At least, not yet... Terelle has escaped the Scarpen in search of her homeland and her people, the mysterious Watergivers. But a desperate message will send her back to find Shale and face her worst fears. The people of the Scarpen are in danger. Shale and Terelle must find a way to save their people and punish those who have destroyed all they ever loved.
The best stories of the saga are collected in one Omni-Trade volume, including work by David Weber, Mercedes Lackey and S. M. Stirling, military science fiction grand master David Drake, and Laumer himself, who recount the exploits of the dauntless Bolos in "Their Finest Hour."
American archaeologist Geena Hodge and her lover Nico, working to salvage Venice's past from the encroaching Adriatic Sea, discover the lost library of Petrarch under the Piazza San Marco. But that find soon leads to another, a room buried more deeply still: the fabled Chamber of Ten, where centuries ago the secret rulers of Venice, in their quest for absolute power, met to plot betrayals and murders. After entering the Chamber, Geena and Nico are thrust into the midst of an ancient feud, a deadly battle of wills and black magic that threatens to poison the city's future with the evils of its past.
Garner Nanotechnology is developing nanotech-enhanced protective suits and autonomous first aid nanobots. It's cutting edge stuff, and when it saves Brent Cleary from a pipeline explosion that killed hundreds, the Army takes notice. A near-death experience changes a person, so no one is entirely surprised when easygoing Brent turns somber and studious, focused and cold. But Kim O'Donnell, Brent's best friend, cannot get past some of the changes. With an Army field trial imminent and the company's future at stake, possible nonotech side effects aren't something anyone wants to discuss. The bad news is, Kim's right. Something has gotten into Brent and he isn't the only one changing. If Kim can't stop them - maybe we'll all change.
For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness inside her-a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race. But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather's dead body with no memory of what happened, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.
Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving the Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn't banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hellbent on achieving immortality, not to mention a secret agent who isn't quite what he seems. Recommended.
Journalist Michael Wilde - his world recently shattered by tragedy - has come to the South Pole looking for solace and a new lease on life. But what he finds on a routine dive in the polar sea is something else entirely: the bodies of a young man and a young woman, bound with chains and sealed forever in a block of ice. Beside them is an ancient chest filled with a sinister cargo. Wilde's search to unravel the mystery of this doomed couple will lead from the battlefields of the Crimean War to the unexplored depths of the Antarctic Ocean, where an age-old curse survives to this day. And as the ice around the lovers begins to melt, Wilde will witness what may be a miracle - or a nightmare - in the making. What is dead, it turns out, is not always gone.
Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen dragon Talenth, has returned from spending three years in the past, where she helped sick and injured dragons and riders to heal in order to return to the present to fight Thread. She is three years older and wiser, but all around her dragons are falling ill and dying, and she and the others are still no closer to uncovering a cure.
After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help - even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her. Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps - and increasingly outgunned humans - a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it - unless, of course, her own side gets her first.
Nine months have passed since Rafel disappeared in the expedition over the mountains. Deenie, now a young woman, starts having disturbing dreams about her brother. She comes to believe he's not dead, but is in trouble and needs help. She enlists the aid of her friend Charis and they escape Lur, surviving the hazardous journey round the coastline past the mountains. The lands beyond Lur are blighted with lawlessness and chaos, and the splintered remnants of Morg's consciousness survive in unwilling hosts. Throughout their travels they learn of the lost expeditions and hear whispers about a fearsome mage who is gaining power in Dorana. Deenie knows this is her brother - and if he's not stopped, he will become a threat to the whole world.
The Emperor has personally selected Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish to protect the duchy of Westsea-Taro's ancestral lands. But Westsea is suffering from deadly earthquakes that resist Lee and Taro's magic and political unrest that is stoked by their arrival.
A collection of fact, fiction, and wit. This volume is a sequel to Scatterbrain.
A new alliance has formed among the feline Sholans, the humans, and the Valtegan Primes. The Alliance is determined to retake the Valtegan planet, reinstate the rightful heir, and restore peace to the galaxy. Kusac, Sholan telepath and warrior, is branded as a traitor by his own people and must join forces with a former enemy. They have become true allies in the campaign to reclaim an empire.
On a forgotten colony of Earth, technology masquerades as magic and wars are fought over books. Haly is a Libyrarian, one of a group of people dedicated to preserving and protecting the knowledge passed down from the Ancients. The books are stored in an endless maze known as the Libyrinth. Haly has a secret. The books speak to her. When Haly is taken prisoner by the hostile Eradicants who believe that the written word is evil, She begins to understand them. The words of a young girl hiding in an Amsterdam attic written hundreds of years before Haly's birth will spark the change in Haly to mend the rift between the Libyrarians and the Eradicants.
At fourteen, Evvy's unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying. Evvy's job is to listen and learn, but she can't keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the living stone heart of a mountain, Evvy uncovers an important clue. Now, with the island on the brink of disaster, it's up to her to avert the destruction that looms ahead.
David Weir is a young geneticist who has made a profound discovery: ancient sequences of non-human DNA embedded in the genes of a few people around the world, including himself. Jess MacClary and her family are the guardians of an ancient revelation, one that arises from their unwavering beliefs that once, in a much earlier age, gods walked among us. Homer Stennis Ironwood is a wealthy, power-hungry man driven to uncover the hidden truth of the origins of human civilization. Armed with David's research, Ironwood sets out to penetrate the MacClary family secrets once and for all. The stage has been set for the final confrontation, but what neither side realizes is that their struggle has raged longer than even the MacClarys know.
Struggling actress Esther Diamond is outraged when her guest role as a hooker on the TV drama The Dirty Thirty is jeopardized by zombies, angry spirits, and voodoo curses. Will Esther become a human sacrifice on the altar of sinister supernatural powers that are taking over New York City?
Now that the man who "killed" Harper Blaine has been murdered, the police are paying close attention. That means Harper has to watch her step while searching for the ghost of her "killer"-who could be a valuable clue in the puzzle of Harper's past and her father's death, as well as a key to figuring out who is trying to manipulate her new powers and why. But with her growing powers pulling her into the Grey, Harper might not be able to come back out.
P.I. Harper Blaine tries to learn why she - as opposed to others with near-death experiences - became a Greywalker. When she digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present troubles in England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle - and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.
Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan worked with Kim Stanley Robinson to select the stories that make up this landmark volume. Included with these reprints is a brand-new short story, "The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942."
Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out to be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.
1530, Agra, Northern India. Humayun, the newly-crowned second Moghul Emperor, is a fortunate man. His father, Babur, has bequeathed him wealth, glory and an empire which stretches a thousand miles south of the Khyber pass. He must now build on his legacy and make the Moghuls worthy of their forbearer, Tamburlaine. But unbeknownst to him, Humanun is already in grave danger.
Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled, and her allies unpredictable. But nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful and the skies rain blood. The powerful of Elantra believe the mysterious markings on Kaylin's skin hold the key to these mysteries. And they are not averse to using her.
The war on Honce drags on. To everyone's stunned disbelief, Yeslnik, the Fool, has tipped the war's scales in his favour. The reign of the self-appointed King Yeslnik is the most bloody and merciless in Honce history. Trapped, Dame Gwydre and Father Artolivan concoct a desparate plot to join forces with Laird Ethelbert, but Ethelbert's paid assassins slew Jameston Sequin and nearly slew Bransen. Embittered by it all, Bransen Garibond seeks to extricate himself from the selfish goals of all other combatants. In a odd twist of fate, Bransen sees in his old nemesis, Bannagran--the Bear of Honce-- a darker image of his own heart. Allies and battle lines become tangled, as old friends become enemies and old enemies become friends.
Avery Cates is an army man. Between the army's new dental plan and a set of first class augments, he's been given a second chance - albeit a quick one. When a corrupt officer decides to make some money on the side by selling new recruits, Cates finds himself in uncharted territory. Sold to the highest bidder, his visions of escape and revenge quickly come to an end when he realizes who has bought him - and for what. Because the high bidder is Canny Orel himself. And he wants Cates to do one last job as the System slides into chaos. Cates will have one shot at getting back at Canny - but this time, Canny is holding all the cards.
A zombie mashup of the Mark Twain classic. Don Borchert has infused the classic tale with a taste of the macabre.
When a former comrade, Alissa Lim, asks Jon Moore for his help in rescuing a group of children pressed into service by rebels on a planet no one cares to save, he agrees. Only later does he realize he's signed up to do far more than he'd ever imagined. Jon's commitment hurtles him and Lobo, the hyper-intelligent assault vehicle who is his only real friend, into confrontations with the horrors the children have experienced and with a dark chapter from his past.
Cherijo is dispatched to investigate an unidentified ship that has emerged from a mysterious rift in space. She discovers a technology that is far advanced. Cherijo's own ship is sucked nto the rift and is transported through time. Unless she can reopen the rift, they will remain trapped in another time.
As Wallace is about to be executed, he tells his story to the Scottish priest who came to hear his last confession. BC author.
The Prescot family are miners and have become the richest people in the universe. But they might as well have targets painted on them for their competitors. Caron Prescot has only six bodyguards against an army, but she has two aces in the hole: the miners are on her side, and Elke, Ripple Creek's psychotic demolition expert, has a nuke. The problem with Elke having a nuke is that Elke WILL use it.
It is the year 2010. Her Divine Majesty, Queen Elizabeth XXX, sits upon the throne. Great Britain's vast Empire is run by Alchemy and Superstition. Now Sir Rupert Triumff, dashing swordsman, has uncovered a vile plot to dethrone her glorious majesty. For the honour of the nation: to arms!
Sirantha Jax is a jumper, a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate the faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She as no tolerance for political diplomacy, so she quits her ambassador post to get back to saving the universe. Flesh eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space and Jax must take matters into her own hands by recuriting a militia to defend the frontiers.
Archaeologist Annja Creed and her sword have never been outmatched -- until now. An assassin known as the Dragon wields a bloodthirsty sword that should be feared. Eventually their two swords, light and dark, must meet -- and only one shall triumph.
The Tidy Squad consists of rebels who cannot accept the Polity's new order on Masada. Their hate for surviving theocrats is undiminished, and the iconic Jeremiah Tombs is at the top of their hit list. But Tombs, driven insane by the near mythical hooder called the Technician, may possess information about the suicide of an entire alien race. To protect Tombs, the war drone Amistad recruits Lief Grant, an ex-rebel Commander, and the black AI Penny Royal.
Orbus, in charge of an old cargo spaceship, does not realize that the lethal war drone Sniper, is a stowaway. Meanwhile the Spatterjay-mutated Prador Vell has seized a Prador dreadnought, murdered its crew, and has now embarked on a voyage of vengeance. Their courses converge in the Graveyard, the border realm between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom.
The Deathlands Feudal system may be hell on Earth but it must be protected from invaders from Shadow Earth, a parallel world stripped clean of its resources by the ruling conglomerate and its white coats. Ryan and his band had a near-fatal encounter with them once before and now these superhuman predators are back, ready to topple the hellscape's baronies one by one.
A demon's enslaved executioner--a ravager of lives and souls--Maliha Crayne must locate and destroy an evil cabal of madmen in possession of a weapon of unspeakable power--and survive the immortal assassins who are now after her blood.
The Philosopher is a torturer, and proud of it. AC is a dealer who became a trader who became a hedge fund manager. Madame d'Ortolan seems to control nearly everything, while Mrs. Mulverhill the younger hopes to frustrate her. Mr. Oh is a reluctant assassin, amongst many other things, and the person in the hospital bed is not entirely sure who he is, or where, or even when. What all of these characters have in common is the Concern: an organization committed to protecting the world from itself.
Elizabeth Bretton returned to her family estate in Broken Heart, Oklahoma only to learn that escaping the past isn't that easy -- especially with a vengeful ghost trying to kill her, a 150 year old mystery to solve, and an outrageously hot were-jaguar named "Tez" trying to get into her boudoir.
Basil,the most powerful dragon of all time, is a loyal friend of the great wizard Merlin. Together they serve the courageous defenders of Avalon. Now they are threatened by a creature determined to pitch the realm of Avalon into darkness.
In this exciting, canonic volume, Beagle showcases gifted writers who began to rediscover older fantasy classics and to redefine fantasy in their own unique voices. Innovative authors in this anthology include Robert Holdstock, Gregory Maguire, Neal Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Steven Millhauser, and others who have lead the way to expanding imaginative frontiers.
Einherjar and valkyrie have lived together in the North of Valdyrgard, feasting, fighting, hunting, and guarding their human charges. But one dreadful day a woman is washed up from the sea, a Lady who is no mortal, though she is not valkyrie either. Thus begins the breaking of the Children of the Light, the tarnishing of their power, and the death of Valdyrgard. Prequel to ALL THE WINDWRACKED STARS.
It is the time of the Great Depression. Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only. Revenge. Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter. No one knows him, but everyone knows his name: Mr. Shivers.
In the near future an art-school dropout, an AIDS baby, a tech activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone's got to stand up to Government Inc -- whatever the cost.
Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya confronts a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion. After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains - or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims - and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she's unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit's poor, promising miracles for money.
In the aftermath of the switch from analog to digital TV, an anarchic movement known as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. Mixed in with the static's random noise are dire warnings of the imminent economic, political, and social collapse of civilization - and cold-blooded lessons on how to survive the fall and prosper in the harsh new order that will inevitably arise from the ashes of the old. Hiram and Levi are two young men, former Scouts and veterans of countless Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Now, on the blood-drenched battlefields of university campuses, shopping malls, and gated communities, they will find themselves taking on new identities and new moralities as they lead a ragtag band of hackers and misfits to an all-but-mythical place called Amaranth, where a fragile future waits to be born.
In 1666, a Great Fire burned four-fifths of London to the ground, the calamity caused by a great Dragon. Incapable of destroying it, the fae of the Onyx Court, living below London, banished the dragon to a comet just before the comet's light disappeared from the sky. Now Sir Edmond Halley has predicted its return in 1759. So begins their race against time.
Fourteen-year-old Nick would be lying dead in a Brooklyn park - murdered by drug dealers - -had Peter not sprung out of the trees to save him. Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries.
In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, elves, and mutants alike found sanctuary. Then, after five centuries, the protection vanished. Sider Ament, the only surviving descendant of the Knights of the Word, with two young Trackers, and a daring Elf princess race to spread word of the encroaching danger - and spearhead plans to defend their ancestral home.
In the heart of the Amazon, NRI operative Danielle Laidlaw makes an incredible discovery: a translucent Mayan stone generating massive waves of energy while counting down toward the infamous apocalyptic date: December 21, 2012. And somewhere, there are three more just like it. What power will be unleashed if all four stones come together? Who created them - and who has them now? Using a cryptic Mayan map and a prophecy that points to the end of the world, Danielle and her team race toward answers. But one staggering question remains: Were these artifacts meant to save us - or to destroy us once and for all?
Includes an all-new interview with Bujold, essays on crafting the Vorkosigan universe, articles on the biology, technology and sociology of the planet Barrayar, appreciations of the novels by various experts, maps, a complete timeline of the series and more.
An innocent woman lays dead and her daughter comatose, leaving people fearing for their lives and terrified of the demon loose on the streets. Not just any demon, this one resides in Felix Castor's best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. Castor has a tough choice to make, because he must expel the demon or all Hell will break loose - literally.
Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead. While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars.
As a wealthy few gather to bid on a predator capable of destroying all life on earth, the sorcerers of the Twenty Palace Society mobilize to stop them. Caught up in the scramble is Ray Lilly, the lowest of the low in the society - an ex-car thief and the expendable assistant of a powerful sorcerer. Ray possesses exactly one spell to his name, along with a strong left hook. But when he arrives in the small town in the North Cascades where the bidding is to take place, the predator has escaped and the society's most powerful enemies are desperate to recapture it. All Ray has to do is survive until help arrives. But it may already be too late. Recommended.
Martin Stride is a retired rock star, enjoying the quiet life with his young family on their beautiful estate. On the edge of his grounds lies a derelict railway-station waiting room once used to transport troops in The Great War. Until recently, the out-ofservice station had become a playground for Martin's children but now they won't go near it. Strange occurrences in the waiting room lead Martin to seek the help of TV's favourite ghost-hunter, Julian Creed. Creed's 'psychic' ability, however, is only a fabrication to gain viewers and he doesn't believe in the paranormal - until he spends a night in THE WAITING ROOM.
Includes stories by Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams, as well as tales by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Naomi Novik, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.
Years of war have been hard on Captain Daniel Leary and harder still on his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, whose life outside information-gathering is a tightrope between despair and deadly violence. Their masters in the RCN and the Republic's intelligence service have sent them to the fringes of human space to relax away from danger. But the barbarians of the outer reaches have their own plans, plans which will bring down both Cinnabar and the Alliance.
A few years have passed since Queen Corinn has usurped control of the Known World - and she now rules with an iron fist. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Dariel, on an exploratory mission across the sea to The Other Lands. There, he discovers an alliance of tribes that have no interest in being ruled by Queen Corinn and the Akarans. In fact, Dariel's arrival ignites a firestorm that once more exposes The Known World to a massive invasion, one unlike anything they have yet faced. Recommended.
The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming the cities. But the old ways do not die easy. Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?
When a naked, amnesiac stranger is found outside a remote highland village, he is taken in by Kerin, a widow whose unconventional ways are tolerated because her son Damaru is 'skytouched' - he appears simple, but he is able to affect matter, and if he's found worthy, he will become a Consort of the skymothers, the Gods of this world. But as the stranger, Sais, recovers his memory, he also finds out the true nature of the world - and the unimaginable fate of the Consorts. It is a fate Kerin will do anything to stop her son sharing.
Riven by intellectual and social decay, both the Islamic Republic and the Belt are at the brink of collapse. Rakkim Epps, the genetically enhanced shadow warrior, can reunite them - but his archenemy, the Old One, the sly, immensely rich Muslim fanatic is dying and unhappily knows it. His solution is to reunite the Islamic Republic and the Bible Belt "his" way, and his plan involves his voluptuous but deadly daughter, Baby, and none other than Rakkim himself.
While the old entrenched rulers and manipulators continue to plot against this new upstart nation, everyday life goes on in Grantville, the town lost in time, with librarians, firefighters, and garbage collectors trying to make do under unusual circumstances. And what better place for an undercover spy from France than working with the garbage collectors, examining 20th century machines that others throw out and copying the technology (though he wishes one device - the paper shredder - had been left behind in the future).
It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . . Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun - one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day's work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.
While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible for creating the Maker caches, Corso, left in charge of a fleet of human-piloted Magi ships, finds his authority crumbling in the face of assassination attempts and politically-motivated sabotage. If any hope exists at all, it lies in an abandoned asteroid a thousand light-years beyond the Consortium's borders, and with Ty Whitecloud, the only man alive with the skill to decipher the messages.
When a Department of Defense contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy that even the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend Bigend, whose subtlety and power in the private sector would be hard to overstate, finds himself outmaneuvered and adrift in a seriously dangerous world. He assembles a team to negotiate these treacherous currents on his behalf.
Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the Midwest, it is cataclysmic. Something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he has just saved has suddenly made him-and everyone he loves-a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence...
The Carnacki Institute exists to do something about ghosts - and agents JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer, will either lay them to rest or send them packing. Their current assignment is to investigate a major haunting deep underground at London's Oxford Circus tube station. Difficult and dangerous even without the added interference of the Crowley Project agents whose mission it is to eliminate Chance, Chambers, and Palmer.
Domino Riley is an enforcer for Shanar Rashan. Like most mob bosses in LA, he is a powerful sorcerer, battling for cntrol of the city, gathering up the magic of violent and powerful emotions and storing it for his own use. Rashan saved Riley from the streets and now she is his lieutenant, his go-to girl. Recently a fellow gangster was ritually executed by Rashan's enemies and Riley has to find out who was behind it.
With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.
While on the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none recognize or know how to get home from. They have landed right in the middle of a battle between goblins and humans. They get involved with the human side of the battle; but do they have any recourse when Will discovers that the humans who are sheltering them may not be the right side to be on in this conflict.
Lost on an unknown and forgotten planet, scientist Karl Allman discovers himself hunted by an ancient race. The descendants of earlier colonists have reverted to a savage tribal culture of sacrifice, pillage and violence. When Karl falls in love with an outcast girl, he has only one goal: escape. But escape is only a distant dream on this nightmare planet.
The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession - and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves. Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time - and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine - in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all - the magic of the human heart.
London, 1861. Engineers transform the landscape with technological wonders as eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labour and libertines and rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour. Sir Richard Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing the East End.
SEEKER'S MASK and TO RIDE A RATHORN in one volume.
Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder on his ship, the "Promise." Turns out civilian life is a lot rougher than she'd imagined--salvage operators are losing both cargo and lives to pirates. And when they attack the "Promise," Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead. When Torin finds out why the pirates needed Craig, she calls in the Marines to get him back-and to stop the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.
Nish and his few remaining allies are trapped on the Range of Ruin, surrounded by the relentless army of his father, the God-Emperor. His only choices are a humiliating surrender or a suicidal fight to the death. But even if Nish could win the battle with his father, there may be no way to stop the fire before all is consumed.
Gabrielle Fox is an art therapist at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital. A patient is the teenage killer Bethany Krall, raised in evangelistic hellfire, and insistent that her electroshock treatments enable her to foresee natural disasters. Gabrielle begins to note alarming parallels between her patient's paranoid disaster fantasies and actual incidents of geological and meteorological upheaval.
Sarah Crowe left Atlanta to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant -- an anthropologist obsessed with the ancient oak growning on the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks everything to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago. Recommended.
Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighbouring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.
Three short urban fantasy novels from Mercedes Lackey, featuring ARCANUM 101, the first new Diana Tregarde story in nearly twenty years; DRUMS, the first Jennie Talldeer story in more than fifteen years; and GHOST IN THE MACHINE, introducing Ellen McBridge: computer programmer extraordinaire and techno-shaman.
When Gary's girlfriend Joan vanishes, calls to her parents' home yield only dead air. Her school records are gone. There is no longer any evidence she ever existed. He finds only a warning and a tantalizing clue, leading to a mysterious backward cult known as the Homesteaders.
Mercenary Partners Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane have returned to their Mercenary House to clear themselves of accusations of kidnapping and murder. But before they can resolve these charges, old friends are taken hostage by the Long Ocean Nomads, and they are forced to come to the rescue. And as they set sail, Dhulyn is convinced they are journeying to Parno's death, which she has foreseen in numerous visions of a drowning at sea.
Mercenary partners Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane think they're escorting the Princess of Arderon to her wedding with the new Tarkin of Menoin, but the Mercenary Brotherhood has a secret mission for them: find out what happened to the two Brothers who were sent on assignment to Menoin a year ago-and vanished. Once in Menoin, they discover that the Brothers' disappearance is linked to a series of killings. And when the Princess of Arderon's corpse is found mutilated in the same way as the others, Dhulyn and Parno track the killer into the Path of the Sun, an ancient labyrinth from which people sometimes never return...
The changeling October "Toby" Daye must take on a new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children and all signs point to Blind Michael. But there are only three magical roads to Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt, and no road may be taken more than once.
A collection of 5 tales of creatures who live and die by fire.
When one of her human friends is murdered by sidhe magic, Genny is determined to find the killer. Her search is hindered by the vampires, who have their own political agenda. All evidence points to Genny, she's the only fae in London, and she's the main suspect.
No man alive can resist Rose Fairburn's vampire allure. But Jack Tallis can. And he has other secrets -- like why underworld hit men are on his trail.
Lara Jansen, a reserved young woman whose great joy is her job creating high-quality clothing for a bespoke tailor in Boston, thinks she's nobody special at all--until the day a gorgeous young man who reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie begs for her help in solving the murder of his brother.
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat. Meet the Zombies. Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.
A new fantasy series. Musketeers with dragons! Cardinal Richelieu rules France with a keen wit and a sharp eye - and when he needs it, with the help of a few trusty blades. His elite men are a formidable threat; their leader, Captain la Fargue, is renowned for his prowess - and for being dismissed from the guard in disgrace. But the threat to France is so great that no one but la Fargue, Richelieu's most dangerous agent, will be able to stop it.
There is evil magic abroad and Earth's history has changed. The Germans have won WWII and America is a nuclear wasteland. Hugo Rene, his faithful companion Rizla, the Lad Himself and the Retromancer set out to rewrite history the way it should be. They return to London to solve the twelve cosmic conundrums. They must match their wits against spies, killer robots and the sinister Count Otto Black, all the while finding time to eat at the swankiest eateries without ever paying the bill.
Prejudice against the Renshai is growing rapidly, fueled by their old enemies in the Northlands, who have convinced a faction in Erythane that the Renshai lands were stolen from them, forcing the King to banish the Renshai from the Westlands. Shunned by Westerners and hunted by Northmen, the Renshai will face many trials before rallying together against a common enemy determined to destroy them once and for all.
The land of Falanor has been invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small band of heroes led by Kell, a magnificent and brutal hero, break out to warn the king. Harried from all quarters by the monstrous Harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters, they fight their way south.
A contract killer is given the chance to save lives rather than take them. He is lifted back to the 13th century where Jews live an uneasy existence and begins a journey that leads him from the medieval villages of England to the cities of London and Paris.
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called "The Way of Kings." Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Many nobles have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honour of General Rudolfo's first born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin atacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. A strange figure appears on the Keeper's Gate with a message for Petronus, the Hidden Pope. Recommended.
Nebios now runs the vast deserts of the world hunted by strange women warriors, while his dreams are invaded by warnings from his dead father. Jin Li Tam, queen of the Ninefold Forest, guards her son against both murderous threats and the usurper queen and her evangelists. They bring a message: Jakob is the child of promise of their Gospel, and the Crimson Empress is on her way. And in hidden places, the remnants of the Androfrancine Order formulate their response to the song pouring out of a silver crescent that was found in the wastes.
There is a secret war raging beneath the streets of London. Niall Peterson goes from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The ancient peoples are at war -- but is Niall really the one who can wield the dark magic of the Untainted and save them all?
A new Primes romance set in her contemporary paranormal world featuring Flare Reynard, the beautiful but stubborn heiress to the Reynard Vampire Clan, and Tobias Strahan, the sexy Prime leader of the Dark Angels.
California girl Kim Murray is unsatisfied with grad school and restless in life. Modern men disappoint her, and she studies ballet and fencing because they remind her of older, more romantic times. She lives with her parents and her beloved but secretive aristocratic grandmother, who speaks only French and refuses to share stories about the mysterious family she left behind in Europe, inspiring Kim to travel there and find her roots. Kim soon finds herself swept up in an adventure of fantastic deceptions and passionate intrigue-and a shocking realization about her own bloodline that leaves her reeling.
After she siphoned away her own blood magic, Opal Cowan has not just lost her powers, she has become immune to the effects of magic. But then, suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes begin to flash in the presence of magic. Discovering that someone has stolen some of her blood she realizes that finding that blood might let her regain her powers.
Anna has become accustomed to the fact that she is now a vampire but she still enjoys the illusion of being human. She suddenly notices that her primitive urges are getting harder to control and she is attacked, narrowly escaping death. She thinks her old foe, Warren Williams, wants her dead but what she does not know is that she is too valuable to kill. She has been chosen to shape the destiny of the vampire race and the human race.
Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as The Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time. Only one odd stone house remains standing. Within it, Rudi finds a beautifully made sword waiting for him - and once he takes it up, nothing will ever be the same.
Rudi Mackenzie returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival...
Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow world, a society of vampires who feed off the living. In Austin, Texas, singer Miranda Grey is fast approaching the edge of insanity which will drive her into Shadow World. David Solomon, Prime of the South, ignited a civil war among Austin's vampires when he outlawed killing humans. His sympathy for mortals angered the old guard who refuse to control their violent urges. David has his hands full when he takes in Miranda, a musician in need of supernatural guidance.
The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities who refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming.
Long ago was the Big Kill, a time when the Slaughterers walked the earth unseen, killing, departing, repeatedly returning to kill again. Since then mountains have risen, deserts have fallen, the last of humankind has scattered, and the great waters rising are changing the world.
Bar owner Trixa Iktomi knows that inhuman creatures of light and darkness roam Las Vegas -- especially since she's a bit more than human herself. She's just been approached with an unusual proposition. Something has slaughtered almost one thousand demons in six months. And the killing isn't going to stop unless Trixa and her friends step into the fight.
After she died in a car crash and was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. She became part of a zombie gang. But when a mysterious illness threatens the existence of both zombies and humans, Jessie must choose between looking away and staring down the madness.
A former member of the Terran Navy's elite force, the Dead Jokers, electronic-warfare pilots with a mortality rate to match that of old Japan's Kamikazes, Captain Alexandra "Alex" McLaughlin is a born survivor. As the battles with the Xan-Sskarn take on an eerily familiar pattern of no-win scenarios, she realizes the horrifying truth; humanity has a traitor, and it's somebody close. As each battle brings more death, Alex's ghosts grow and so does her desire for vengeance.
Four paranormal adventures starring devilish dogs by Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook.
A collection of 14 of Vonnegut's previously unpublished short stories.
After an accident in which her mother dies, Stevie has a near-death experience and finds herself in a room full of people -- everyone she's ever annoyed. They clutch at her, scratch and tear at her. But she finds herself drawn back to this place, again and again, determined to unlock its secrets. Which means she has to die, again and again. And Stevie starts to wonder whether other people see the same room -- when they die.
Set in a world where colour is the basis of all magic, Gavin Guile is the current Prism - and one that happens to have many secrets. Secrets like his brother Javen, who he defeated in the great war years earlier and now keeps in a dungeon below his home. Or secrets like his son Kip, a young man raised in another land who has yet to realize the full extent of his powers. As Kip begins to learn the truth behind Gavin and Javen's great schism, he will also learn that time is running out for the world as they know it. For the Prism is not what he seems to be, and there are greater powers afoot than could ever have been imagined.
Oxford, 2060. The time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for the scores of historians for no apparent reason and switching around everyone's schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II to do their research they must deal not only with the hardships of that age, but also with the fact that the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches. Our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past. Recommended.
Fresh from the monastery, a young parish priest finds himself inexplicably transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy, where an unexpected new life awaits him. At first, he resists joining the notorious Brethren of the Coast, but soon embraces the life of a buccaneer, even as he succumbs to the seductive charms of a beautiful and enigmatic senorita. As the captain of his own swift ship, which may or may not be cursed, he plunders the West Indies in search of Spanish gold.
There's a crashed aircraft laden with treasures of a lost civilization and Captain Grist and Frey want it. There's something other than treasure on board that aircraft and it's going to take all of Frey's considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it.
Frank Compton, a former security agent on Earth, is working for the aliens who run the Quadrail, an interstellar transport system. He has been trying to end the domination of an alien lifeform called the Modhri. When Frank and his assistant Bayta journey to investigate the connection between the Modhri and the Filiaelians, they come up against a conspiracy of the Quadrail. A plot is brewing that the Modhri fears and Frank and Bayta may be the only ones to stop it.
The leaders of the Justice League, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman have lost their way. And now a coalition of super-villains is targeting the heroes, putting ordinary citizens in the crossfire.
Luke seeks the reasons behind Jacen Solo's dark downfall among the Mind Walkers of the distant Maw Cluster. Meanwhile, on Coruscant, the Jedi are determined to deal on their own terms with the epidemic of madness preying on their ranks. As Han and Leia Solo, along with their daughter Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest, Jedi healers race to find a cure for the rapidly spreading affliction.
Female enforcer, Shira Calpurnia maintains law and order in the grim world of the 41st millenium. This omnibus contains the books CROSSFIRE, LEGACY, BLIND -- and two short stories.
Megatron, an undefeated gladiator thug, gives voice to the unspoken longings of the oppressed masses - and opens the mind of an insignificant data clerk to possibilities previously unthinkable. Long before becoming the honorable Optimus Prime, Orion Pax is a mere office underling, an unlikely candidate to answer an outlaw's call to revolution. But Orion is determined to meet this defiant enemy of all that Cybertron stands for, no matter what he has to do, or how many laws he has to break. What happens between Orion Pax and Megatron forever changes the destiny of all Transformers.
Ashok is a shadar-kai of the Shadowfell who is brought to the city of Ikemmu, a haven of shadar-kai who have learned to use their fierce need for adrenalin and danger to better their city and their civilization. Although he starts out eager to find the weaknesses in the strange city's armor and return with them to his vicious enclave, Ashok finds himself drawn in by the city. As he struggles to find a balance for himself, his family finds the way to bring down the city on the Shadowfell's border.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are trapped on the Separatist-controlled planet Lanteeb, on the run from General Lok Durd and his droid army. After being forced to abandon their jerry-rigged groundcar they continue on foot, hunted, as they try to find a safe place to hide and regroup before escaping the planet altogether. Eventually they seek shelter in a remote Lanteeban village, but the Separatists track them down. Now they're under siege, and the little time they've bought themselves is running out.
In San Diego, an autopsy seems routine until the corpse sits up and begins to walk--after all of his organs have been removed. Suddenly, the rules of this world have been rewritten and the dead now walk the earth. In Atlanta, a reporter covers the epidemic, showing viewers glimpses of increasing chaos from across the globe. Nowhere, it seems, is safe. The captain of an aircraft carrier hopes to save his crew from the disease by remaining at sea, but seemingly within moments zombies are wreaking havoc on the ship.
When the Spellplague ravages Faerun, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard he believed had been destroyed years ago.
An alien eldar sets upon the Path of the Warrior. He finds solace in battle until he is almost killed by orks, but a greater challenge yet awaits him - an Imperial invasion.
Smuggler Jet Nebula has stumbled across a treasure richer than he ever dreamed. The Hutts want to auction it to the highest bidder, be it the Republic or the Empire, both of whom hope to bolster their chances in the coming conflict. But the Sith are interested too, and the Jedi High Council is sending someone to investigate; a mysterious Mandalorian is chasing something connected to a long-forgotten crime; while a spy plays every side at once. What Jet has unearthed will surprise all of them, and leave none of them unchanged.
Emperor's Champion Ludwig Schwarzhelm battles orc invaders while trying to get to the bottom of a chaos conspiracy in the province of Averland.
In this new chapter in the Terminator Salvation chronicles, Judgment Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world's population. In this post-apocalyptic world, resistance fighters John Connor and teenager Kyle Reese continue their brutal fight for survival.
When a woman from his past turns up looking for help in clearing her name, Abraxis Wren must set aside his memories of their past encounters to unravel the mystery of the Black Brigade. An elite and deadly squad from the Last War is being murdered one by one. The trail of blood leads to untold treasure - if Wren can only reach it before the murderer does!
The capsuleers are the immortal pilots that string together the vast Intergalactic empire that makes the universe of EVE.
The Illusive Man needs to study someone implanted with modified Reaper technology: former Cerberus operative Paul Grayson, who wrested his daughter from the cabal's control with the help of Ascension project director Kahlee Sanders. But when Kahlee learns that Grayson is missing, she turns to the only person she can trust: Alliance war hero Captain David Anderson. Together they set out to find the secret Cerberus facility where Grayson is being held.
The fourth book in the Empire Army series.
Death was not the end of Emperor Magroth. Instead, a piece of him was drawn into the Shadowfell where he became the ruler of a domain of dead. From this vantage, the old king prepared for his return - and the new empire he would forge from the ruins of the old. Now Magroth has made a new deal with Orcus, the Demon Prince of Undeath, that frees him from his eternal prison for a year and a day. In that time, Magroth must re-establish his ancient kingdom while also accomplishing a series of terrible tasks for Orcus.
Assassins engage in a battle of wits in the fourteenth installment of the Horus Heresy.
Raidon Kane survived his clash against the eldest aboleth, but came away with his mind shattered. Destiny hands Raidon one last chance to avert the Abolethic Sovereignty's agenda, but only if he can find within himself the strength to care. Raidon, the warlock Japheth, and Anusha, a young woman whose dreams are made real, must find the Key of Stars before it is used to open the Far Manifold, and all reality drowns in a tide of horrific insanity.
Fear the Alien features some of the Black Library's best-known authors plus exciting new talent with a range of stories about the on-going war with the xenos.The list of authors includes: Dan Abnett, Braden Campbell, Mark Clapham, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, James Gilmer, CS Goto, Andy Hoare, Nick Kyme, George Mann, Juliet McKenna, Steve Parker, Matt Sprange, CL Werner.
One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness, and obscurity. The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt. In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.
Eureka looks like an ordinary small town, but it is home to the greatest minds in science and technology. The creations of these eccentric geniuses threaten to destroy the world as often as they save it. Jack Carter is the everyman sheriff who must use his common sense to keep a lid on Pandora's box. Eureka has its share of strange problems. Eureka's secrets are on the line and Sheriff Carter must find the "mole" before the town is exposed. All roads lead to Global Dynamics, the mysterious research facility that everyone seems to work for except Jack.
A warleader of the renegade Alpha Legion, the demon prince Kernax Voldrius's reign of terror has bled across the stars, leaving billions dead. Captain Kor'sarroKhan of the White Scars Chapter is petitioned to hunt down and destroy Voldorius. Tracking the beast doggedly for over a decade, Kor'sarro Khan finally drags Voldorius to battle on Quintus, a world that has totally fallen to the Alpha Legion. Now together with their Raven Guard allies, the White Scars must combat an entire planet if they are to slay the demon prince.
SILENT BLADE, THE SPINE OF THE WORLD and SEA OF SWORDS in one volume.
THE LEGACY, STARLESS NIGHT, SIEGE OF DARKNESS and PASSAGE TO DAWN in one trade paperback volume.
Skaven Grey Seer Thanquol travels to the jungle island of Lustria. The cunning wizard seeks an artefact to cement his power in the halls of Skavenblight, undercity of the rat-men.